The original Big Island bank building. During the Depression years, this bank almost folded due to lack of deposits. It was saved by Mr. Arrington (husband of Ethel, 1st grade school teacher at Big Island Elementary School) of Charlemont who generously deposited $5,000 into the bank (according to recollections of Henry Major Douglas).
Willie Douglas reported that Norma McNeely Williams was possibly a teller at the bank when it was robbed in the 1950's. Apparently, after dark, the robbers started chiseling a hole in the side of the building where the vault was located. They had to be careful because the security guard on duty at the Paper Mill had to punch a time clock key at that end of the mill every hour, giving him a view of the bank, so the robbers would stop chiseling until he went back down the ramp. They completed the job in one night, making the hole large enough for a man to crawl through and take out the money. It is not sure how much money was stolen.